Research Process

My research process takes me to a number of places, both online and in the real world. I often visit libraries, government offices, museums and other resources. Below are the types of records I explore most frequently, but I also often pursue research in other locations that are pertinent to a particular project.

Vital RecordsVital Records
Birth, death, and marriage certificates
Immigration RecordsPassenger lists, naturalization records, and immigration manifests
Property & Address HistoryLand deeds, property records, and city directories offer insights into where your ancestors lived and their property transactions
Military HistoryService records, draft registrations, and pension files
Civil RecordsCourt records, census data, voter registration, wills, probate files, and estate records
Criminal RecordsCourt documents, arrest records, and dockets
Newspapers & PeriodicalsWealth of information including obituaries, marriage announcements, and community news
BusinessesBusiness directories, incorporation records and trade publications entrepreneurial endeavors and professional affiliations
Divorce RecordsDivorce dockets, filings and court journals
Church RecordsBaptism, marriage, and burial records
CemeteriesGrave markers, burial records, and plots
U.S. Post Office, Customs House & Courthouse, Public Square, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH  1966
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